RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A federal judge Tuesday ordered the government to stop banning openly gay men and women from serving in the military under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips found the policy unconstitutional in September. On Tuesday, she rejected an Obama administration request to delay an injunction and ordered enforcement of the 17-year-old policy permanently stopped.
The decision was cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished whatPresident Barack Obama and Washington politics could not.
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